(Essay 3) Why Reenact the Nine-Mago Movement? by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

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Nine-tailed fox, public domain image Nine-tailed fox representing Goma, public domain image

[Author’s Note: The sequel of this essay will be released in preparation for the 2015 Nine-Day Solstice Celebration Project.]

Part III In Search of Goddess Goma via Linguistics, Place-names, and Myths

Goma was widely worshiped and commemorated by East Asians and beyond. There is another vein of assessing the pervasive manifestations of the Goma tradition–the linguistics. “Goma,” originally meaning “the People of Mago” and/or “of the People of Mago” is embedded in state-names and place-names in Korea and Japan. It is associated with ancient Korean states and their cultures, indicating that Old Korea was the successor and the defender of Magoism in pre- and proto-Chinese times. In ancient East Asia, it is noted that “Goma” meant both ancient Korean States and their cities.

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